May 30, 1928 ~ March 7, 2010
GRACE McNAMARA CONGER
Grace McNamara Conger, beloved wife, mother, grammie, and great-grammie, passed away peacefully on Sunday, March 7, 2010. Grace was born on May 30, 1928 to John and Mary McNamara in Los Angeles, California, the youngest of 4 children. She was a member of the "gold tie" class of 1946 at St. Mary's Academy, Los Angeles and was proud of being a teen-age "Rosie the Riveter" in the final years of World War II.
In 1947 she met Jerry (Gerald) Conger, the man who was to become the love of her life. They were married on May 21, 1949, and Jerry attests to the fact that, for the next 60+ years, there never was dull moment. To this union a son, Steven, and a daughter, Maureen, were born.
Grace and Jerry owned a successful insurance business for 40 years and, upon retirement traveled the world and enjoyed volunteering, for over 20 years, at "The Little Sisters of the Poor" home for the elderly in San Pedro. She also enjoyed her membership in "The Catholic Golden Age Club", traveling on many trips with the club locally, state-side, and overseas. She never met a stranger and had many friends, and even more "best friends."
Grace was preceded in death by her parents, her siblings, and her son, Steven. She is survived by her loving husband, Jerry, her devoted daughter, Maureen (Paul) Barton, her daughter-in-law, Renee (Steven) Conger, grandchildren Terrin (Jay) Griffiths, Ryan Mendivil, Eric (Natalie) Conger, Nicholas Conger, and great-grandchildren Kaitlyn and Emily Conger and Luke Griffiths. She is also survived by many loving relatives who will cherish her memory forever.
Visitation will be at Rice Mortuary, 5310 Torrance Blvd., Torrance, on Sunday, March 14 from 5 to 9 PM with rosary at 7 PM. Funeral Mass will be at St. John Fisher Catholic Church, 5448 Crest Road, Rancho Palos Verdes at 11:30 AM on Tuesday, March 16. In lieu of flowers the family requests donations to "The Little Sisters of The Poor" home, 2100 So. Western Ave., San Pedro, California, 90732.
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